Bedlah, Baubles and Beads, DIY belly dance costuming book by Dawn Devine aka Davina

Bedlah, Baubles and Beads, DIY belly dance costuming book by Dawn Devine aka Davina



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Bedlah, Baubles and Beads
by Dawn Devine ~ Davina

"Bedlah, Baubles, and Beads" is a book about designing and crafting the elaborate bra and belt sets worn by contemporary belly dancers. Also known as "dance oriental" and "raks sharki," belly dancing has numerous sub-styles that are defined not only by their movement vocabulary, but also by their distinctive costuming.

The first part of the book provides a conceptual framework by starting with a history of this costuming style and its origins here in the United States. From there, it concentrates on introducing the reader to design principles, methods, and techniques for developing figure-flattering styles.

The second part presents the materials, tools, and processes for putting together an elaborately decorated bra and belt set. Step-by-step illustrations for applying beads, a fabric shopping guide, and directions for constructing the bra and belt bases are all illustrated with descriptive diagrams to aid the reader. Finally, the book finishes with a portfolio of styles and ideas for expanding the performance wardrobe. From skirts to accessories, these chapters introduce the essential garments that transform the bra and belt into a complete costume.

Detailed topics include:
• Step-by-step illustrations of beading techniques, including back stitch, couching, tambour beading, scatter beading, and more.
• Directions for making high-quality bedlah, from concept to finished costume.
• Techniques for developing beading patterns using clip art sources and transforming images into dynamic designs.
• Fitting and covering bras and belts. An extensive bibliography is included.

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Debbie Rice Dec 4, 2019

5 out of 5 stars
I have really enjoyed this book. Lots of great information.

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beckysfelt Oct 8, 2019

5 out of 5 stars
This item was exactly as described on the website. It arrived in a timely manner. I appreciate the care the owner gave a it arrived in great condition. I am very pleased with this owner and her attention to detail.

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Ky Nguyen-Zubroski Jun 18, 2019

5 out of 5 stars
This is what I need to get my sewing projects organized and in progress! Thank you for these!

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